Mexican-American Studies Won’t Be Statewide Elective, But State Board OKs A Compromise | KERA News

Mexican-American Studies Won’t Be Statewide Elective, But State Board OKs A Compromise

Apr 10, 2014

The State Board of Education on Wednesday didn’t approve a statewide Mexican-American studies elective. Instead, it adopted a measure that asks publishers to submit textbooks on Mexican-American and other ethnic studies to a list of instructional materials for social studies classes by the 2016-17 school year.

School districts will now have the option to develop their own classes on Mexican-American, African-American, Native American and Asian-American studies. State education officials say that option has always existed. The Fort Worth district, for example, already offers a Mexican-American studies class. Nevertheless, several districts around the state, including Houston, recently passed resolutions in support of a statewide Mexican-American studies class.

SBOE Opts for Compromise on Mexican-American Studies via Texas Tribune